The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

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September 7, 2006

Eatery memories make mouths water

DANVILLE — The more I talk to people around town, the more places I hear about that I wish were still in business.

Lucy Drake of Danville remembers the Golden Tower, possibly the long-lost cousin to the Golden Arches, near Danville High School in the late 1960s.

“It was just a little hamburger joint, as we would say,” she said.

According to Drake, The Nook, which was at 129 N. Vermilion St., used to be called The Manhattan, where she had a memorable meal one night.

“My husband and Gene Hackman grew up together,” she said. “We went out to dinner one night with Gene and his date to The Manhattan.”

However, when I looked up The Manhattan in the city directories, I couldn’t find it.

The closest thing I could find is the Manhatten Café — spelled that way — at 2309 Cannon St. in the 1942 city directory. There was no listing for it in the 1941 directory or the 1944 directory.

Does anyone remember The Manhattan or the short-lived Manhatten?

Linda Dolan of Danville remembers the Friday night fish fries at the Glass Pitcher on Georgetown Road, near Conner’s.

“They had a glass pitcher on the roof with something that looked like it was filling it up with beer,” she said.

Does anyone remember the Glass Pitcher?

A month or so ago, Jim Meharry of Danville asked if anyone remembered Bruno’s pizza and subs on East Main Street.

Bob Toy of Fairmount remembers the eatery well, including Bruno himself.

Toy said Bruno’s was located in the northwest corner of the McDermott Building in the early to mid-1960s.

“Bruno was really tall,” he said. “I liked to go in there and watch him make a pizza.

“He’d flip the dough in the air,” Toy said.

Marilyn Johnson of Danville also remembers Bruno’s sub shop, which she said was west of the Bowling Ball bowling alley and the 300 Room restaurant.

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